Research course

Creative Writing

The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

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Entry requirements

We require either successful completion of a Master's programme in Creative Writing with an overall classification of Distinction (or its overseas equivalent), or a record of prior publication in the field of creative writing. A research proposal and a sample of your creative work must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD Creative Writing programme gives you the opportunity to work on a significant piece of creative writing while developing your research skills.

You will benefit from creative supervision by an experienced poet or fiction writer and draw on the range of expertise within the University to find a supervisor for your critical element.

There are two elements to the programme. The first is a creative element that can be prose fiction, a novel or a collection of short stories of up to 100,000 words. It can also be a collection of poetry.

The PhD also has a critical element/commentary of roughly 30,000 to 50,000 words.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559